Accommodation for ex-offenders: third sector housing advice and provision

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/245651
Title:
Accommodation for ex-offenders: third sector housing advice and provision
Authors:
Gojkovic, D. (Dina); Mills, A. (Alice); Meek, R. (Rosie)
Citation:
Gojkovic, Dina, Mills, Alice and Meek, Rosie (2012) Accommodation for ex-offenders: third sector housing advice and provision. Southampton: Third Sector Research Centre, (Third Sector Research Centre Working and Briefing Paper Series, 77).
Publisher:
Third Sector Research Centre
Issue Date:
Mar-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/245651
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http://www.tsrc.ac.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=%2FiNuwlxyJIU%3D&tabid=500
Abstract:
Links between homelessness and offending are well-established in literature with about a third of offenders being without a home either before or after imprisonment. Housing has been recognised as one of the key factors that can reduce re-offending and is one of the seven Reducing Re-Offending Pathways established by the Reducing Re-Offending National Action Plan in 2004. The identification of housing as one of the Pathways and the move towards partnership working with third sector organisations (TSOs) to reduce re-offending have led to a number of initiatives which involve housing-related TSOs. These organisations are typically contracted into prisons to provide housing advice and support, or provide offenders with access to temporary accommodation in short-stay hostels and Approved Premises. Despite the involvement of housing-TSOs, offenders and ex-offenders still face numerous challenges when trying to secure accommodation. The prescribed criteria for assessing homelessness, local nomination and allocation policies and the presence of a criminal and prison record are all factors which can delay or prevent provision of housing for ex-offenders. This paper draws on a qualitative study in eight prisons and one probation area and a short survey of 680 offenders to examine the role of the third sector in assisting offenders and ex-offenders to find suitable accommodation. The results show that there have been several positive developments in the last ten years, with many prisons now having a dedicated housing advisor and important links with TSOs and housing providers. There remain, however, numerous barriers to effective housing advice and provision. Factors include: lack of available housing stock; difficulties of partnership working, where partners differ on whether they view housing for ex-offenders with urgency; restrictions on the types of offenders likely to be prioritised and local exclusion policies. The paper also discusses the limitations of recent policies to increase the use of the private rented sector in housing homeless people, and the limitations of Social Impact bonds and Payment by Results. It emphasises the need for a more transparent housing priority assessment system in increasing housing opportunities for marginalised groups, such as short-sentenced prisoners and young offenders, but notes that provisions for greater flexibility, discretion and conditionality in social housing lettings following the Localism Act move things in precisely the opposite direction.
Type:
Working Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Third sector; housing; offender; resettlement; prison; probation
Series/Report no.:
Third Sector Research Centre Working and Briefing Paper Series; 77
Rights:
Licensed under a Creative Commons attribution licence for non-commercial, non-derivative use - 3.0 Unported License. For full details see: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/tsrc/publications/index.aspx [Accessed: 14/10/2014]
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dc.contributor.authorGojkovic, D. (Dina)en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMills, A. (Alice)en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMeek, R. (Rosie)en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-24T08:16:49Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-24T08:16:49Z-
dc.date.issued2012-03-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/245651-
dc.description.abstractLinks between homelessness and offending are well-established in literature with about a third of offenders being without a home either before or after imprisonment. Housing has been recognised as one of the key factors that can reduce re-offending and is one of the seven Reducing Re-Offending Pathways established by the Reducing Re-Offending National Action Plan in 2004. The identification of housing as one of the Pathways and the move towards partnership working with third sector organisations (TSOs) to reduce re-offending have led to a number of initiatives which involve housing-related TSOs. These organisations are typically contracted into prisons to provide housing advice and support, or provide offenders with access to temporary accommodation in short-stay hostels and Approved Premises. Despite the involvement of housing-TSOs, offenders and ex-offenders still face numerous challenges when trying to secure accommodation. The prescribed criteria for assessing homelessness, local nomination and allocation policies and the presence of a criminal and prison record are all factors which can delay or prevent provision of housing for ex-offenders. This paper draws on a qualitative study in eight prisons and one probation area and a short survey of 680 offenders to examine the role of the third sector in assisting offenders and ex-offenders to find suitable accommodation. The results show that there have been several positive developments in the last ten years, with many prisons now having a dedicated housing advisor and important links with TSOs and housing providers. There remain, however, numerous barriers to effective housing advice and provision. Factors include: lack of available housing stock; difficulties of partnership working, where partners differ on whether they view housing for ex-offenders with urgency; restrictions on the types of offenders likely to be prioritised and local exclusion policies. The paper also discusses the limitations of recent policies to increase the use of the private rented sector in housing homeless people, and the limitations of Social Impact bonds and Payment by Results. It emphasises the need for a more transparent housing priority assessment system in increasing housing opportunities for marginalised groups, such as short-sentenced prisoners and young offenders, but notes that provisions for greater flexibility, discretion and conditionality in social housing lettings following the Localism Act move things in precisely the opposite direction.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThird Sector Research Centreen_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThird Sector Research Centre Working and Briefing Paper Seriesen_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries77en_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tsrc.ac.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=%2FiNuwlxyJIU%3D&tabid=500en_GB
dc.rightsLicensed under a Creative Commons attribution licence for non-commercial, non-derivative use - 3.0 Unported License. For full details see: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/tsrc/publications/index.aspx [Accessed: 14/10/2014]-
dc.subjectThird sectoren_GB
dc.subjecthousingen_GB
dc.subjectoffenderen_GB
dc.subjectresettlementen_GB
dc.subjectprisonen_GB
dc.subjectprobationen_GB
dc.titleAccommodation for ex-offenders: third sector housing advice and provisionen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
ref.citationcountNo citation information available on Web of Science or Scopusen_GB
or.citation.harvardGojkovic, Dina, Mills, Alice and Meek, Rosie (2012) Accommodation for ex-offenders: third sector housing advice and provision. Southampton: Third Sector Research Centre, (Third Sector Research Centre Working and Briefing Paper Series, 77).en_GB
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